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New Calgary office put on hold by AMTA membership

BANFF, Alta. -- Plans to construct a new Calgary office and training centre were dashed by the Alberta Motor Transp...

BANFF, Alta. — Plans to construct a new Calgary office and training centre were dashed by the Alberta Motor Transport Association membership during the associations annual general meeting.

A proposal to construct the Centre of Excellence using excess funds gained from investments made by the Alberta Workers Compensation Board (WCB) was put to vote for the membership during the associations AGM on April 28 in Banff, Alta.

The AMTA Board of Directors established a Facility Committee in 2004 to research alternatives into building a new Calgary office, which would be larger and better designed to meet increased training and administration needs.

A plan was developed for an 11,000 sq.-ft. facility on 1.5 acres of land in Calgarys southeast industrial area; and the board established a fund to accumulate excess monies from the yearly operating budget for the facilitys construction, which at the end of 2006 totaled $111,000.

In 2006, the WCB informed safety associations they were anticipating a surplus of more than $400 million from 2005, as the result of returns from successful investments. WCB also noted some of the funds could be available to associations for suitable, safety related initiatives.

The cost of the new Calgary facility would be $3,350,000 and the board proposed the AMTA use 10% of the excess funds from WCB designated for the transport industry be used to pay the balance of $3,240,000.

In a 22 to 19 vote the proposal was defeated.

The Board of Directors will now discuss a new course of action for the AMTA to take in regards to building a new Calgary office and training facility.

We have some options now we have to look at, because we cant stay here (in the current Calgary office) and we have to move forward, explained Mayne Root, executive director of the AMTA. It has to be relatively soon, but theyll decide and give our staff direction.

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